Stepping out in Nigel’s memory

Friends of Overgate annual charity walk in memory of Nigel Curran, who died from cancer. Pictured before setting out from the Red Rooster, Brighouse are Rebecca Curran, Dan Ricketts, Chris Curran, Julia Martin and Angela Curran
Friends of Overgate annual charity walk in memory of Nigel Curran, who died from cancer. Pictured before setting out from the Red Rooster, Brighouse are Rebecca Curran, Dan Ricketts, Chris Curran, Julia Martin and Angela Curran

FRIENDS of a Brighouse man who died of a rare form of cancer put on their walking boots and their football boots for a weekend of fundraising in his memory.

Nigel Curran died of neuroendocrine cancer at the age of 39 in 2007.

Friends of Overgate annual charity walk in memory of Nigel Curran, who died from cancer. Pictured before setting out from the Red Rooster, Brighouse.

Friends of Overgate annual charity walk in memory of Nigel Curran, who died from cancer. Pictured before setting out from the Red Rooster, Brighouse.

Since then the Brighouse Friends of Overgate Hospice have raised more than £250,000 at a variety of events.

They boosted the amount raised by more than £700 at the weekend when they held a sponsored walk from the Red Rooster pub at Brookfoot to the Moorings at Sowerby Bridge and a charity football match between regulars at the Old Pond and the Dusty Miller in Brighouse, organised by Dave Ellis.

Nigel’s widow Angela said: “About 100 people took part in the walk and there was a great atmosphere. People paid £5 to take part and were happy to enjoy the walk along the canal. It was dry for most of the way but we got a bit wet when we were walking through Copley.

“We are just glad that people turn up each year and support the event in Nigel’s memory. We are never quite sure beforehand how many people are going to come along, which is a bit nervewracking, but on the day there is always a good turn-out. We were pleased that 100 people gave up their time to support us.”

Louise Harrison, fundraising administrator at Overgate, said the support of the Brighouse Friends was invaluable to the hospice.

“Angela does a wonderful job with her fundraising aand she helps us in so many ways.”

The next charity event being organised by the Brighouse Friends is a charity fashion show at the Old Brodleians Rugby Club on October 25.

llOvergate Hospice’s midnight ‘Walk for Your Star’ challenge will take place on September 8. To take part contact 01422 387121.